Deck Support Units

Deck Support Units

Deck support units (DSUs) support the weight of a topside when it is being transported on a barge.

Once an oil platform's topside has been constructed, it needs to be loaded onto a barge which will then transport it to the installation site. During this journey, the barge could be met with adverse weather and sea conditions, which would put the topside in danger if the effect of these destabilizing forces are not mitigated.

Transport barges are therefore fitted with a deck support frame and DSUs. Our DSUs consist of a stack of elastomeric pads installed between two steel casings that are installed onto the deck support frame of a barge. The topside of the platform is loaded onto this deck support frame and the DSUs act to absorb the weight of the topside; these DSUs support the integrated deck and allow for relative horizontal movement between the deck and the deck support frame during the transport and mating process.

Our DSUs perform at the highest standard to ensure our clients' multi-million dollar investments are kept secure during transport and mating, and the most stringent of engineering know-how and testing go into creating each of our high performance DSUs.

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